Friday, July 06, 2007

The Anglican beat

Archbishop Peter Akinola, Primate of Nigeria, has given an interview to Ruth Gledhill, a British journalist. It is lengthy and revealing. This is the most powerful Anglican on earth. He talks abotu his life, his views on homosexuality, his stand on scripture and the church. If his deeds match his words, we are safe.

Like me, he has heard the hope that lights up among Western liberals at talk of his pending retirement, as if once he is gone Nigeria will suddenly cease its evangelical mission. “Someone told me they hope when Akinola retires the Church will revert,” he says. “They are making a big mistake. The Church is already receiving hundreds of people who are better, stronger. I can assure you this is God’s own church and the gates of Hell shall never prevail against it. God raised Peter Akinola to what he has done. The same God will raise hundreds of people more gifted than me to get the job done. It is God’s Church not mine.”

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